Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday Food

I went grocery shopping last night (yawn). Thursday is not my typical day to shop because when I get home from work I'm tired. Oh all right, I'm not tired. I'm lazy and hungry. You know that you should never go shopping when you’re lazy hungry. So after dinner (which was unspectacular Sloppy Joes & tater tots. Don’t blame me for this meal the boys bought this while I was away and it needed to be used. Because the roasted red pepper pesto just didn’t sound good, jerks) I girded my loins, whatever that means, and went shopping. I bought $97 worth of groceries for $47. Not bad. Not as good as that coupon queen blogger that will buy $100 in groceries for .25 cents but respectable.

I made out so well using my patented (okay, not patented) method of grocery ad maximization and coupons. I’m not a big coupon shopper but I thought I’d throw in some to see if it would work. I’m pretty happy with the results. I got Pillsbury Pizza crusts for .45 cents each. I can’t make them from scratch for that. FYI, you will probably see a recipe or two using pizza dough soon. I’m thinking Calzones or pasties or some such thing.

This packing and moving crap is kicking my butt so my cooking (read: wine drinking) is going to suffer. Just wanted to let you know.

I haven’t made this in awhile but since tomatoes were on sale for .77 cent a pound this week and I have all the other ingredients that need to be used up (because the boys would rather have Sloppy Joes & Tater tots) I’ll be making it this weekend.


2 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and seeded

1 large sweet red pepper, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons chives

2 tablespoons parsley

2 tablespoons basil

1 tablespoon chervil

1 tablespoon tarragon

½ cup olive oil

3 tablespoons lemon juice

3 cup canned vegetable broth

3 tablespoons tomato juice

1 medium onion, diced

1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced



1 lemon, thinly sliced

Combine tomatoes, pepper, garlic, chives, parsley, basil, chervil and tarragon in a large bowl. Gradually stir in oil, lemon juice, broth, tomato juice, onion and cucumber. Season to taste with salt and paprika. Refrigerate until serving time. Garnish with lemon slices sprinkled with paprika or be lazy like me and skip this part. Sure presentation is nice but this is for guys who want Sloppy Joes.

Just to give credit where credit is due this recipe is brought to you from my wonderful Benson & Hedges presents Recipes From America's Favorite Resorts. Oh, how I love this cookbook.

On a totally different note: I've only had one comment (so far, give me time I've only been doing this for a year and have pretty low stats. Good grief you guys why are you wasting time here? No wait, don't go. I didn't mean it.) that could be considered bad/uncomfortable/cut me off at the knees. I don't think I handled it well. I was pretty quick on the delete button trigger. Not like my friend Jessica. If you don't read her stuff you must now rush right over to check out her response to a snarky comment. It is priceless.



  1. Sorry about your troll. I keep all of my comments because sometimes the people who are trying to be snotty in the comments end up cracking me up the most!! Heh. But I haven't gotten too many of those either. The gazpacho recipe looks pretty tasty and I bet it's fairly low in points. I wonder if I could cut the oil in half..... You know, I'm all about the points these days. I think every one of my comments on your site lately has to do with WW...sorry for that. I'm kind of obsessed, currently.

  2. Oh, yum!
    And yuck on the troll. Never had one myself, but don't want to know the feeling either..
    Have a great weekend!

  3. Sorry about the bad comment. I've had a couple that didn't sit well with me but meh, screw em.

    Those Sloppy Joes sound divine right now on day 5 of the new diet. I will not cheat, I will not cheat.

    Your $47 for $97 is amazing. Jamie and I tried the coupon thing last month and then got lazy. We decided this week to try it again, I'll keep you posted.

  4. Note to the asshole who left the bad comment: Go fuck yourself. "It's a Dogs Life" is an excellent blog and if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. If you have any balls, make a trip to my blog and just try to do that. I'll sink ya good.

    Anywhoo...I love ya girl! Keep ruining my diet with your your fab recipes!!

  5. Good luck with the packing. Moving sucks, but I hope you love your new home.

    I've only had one bad comment so far too. I left it one because I think it keeps things interesting.

  6. I've never had a troll. I know. I find it hard to believe myself. I think even the trolls feel sorry for me. If I ever do I have a feeling I'll cry.
    If you ever have another one let me know. I'm quite good at taking them down.

  7. Hey thanks for the shout out but if it makes you feel any better, I deleted the comment and then decided to put it back b/c I made a decision that I was not going to let someone think they got to me. I know I'm a good mom and I thought that putting it back up proved it, at least to myself.

  8. Mmmmmmmmmm. Sloppy Joes and Tots. That is manna from Heaven to me. As for deleting the snarkster? I never delete hate comments or ugly emails that I get. I revel in them, and post about them. I just get a big ol' kick out of the, Cheers Michele!!

  9. Awesome recipe. Sorry about the troll. They suck.

    And good luck with the moving!

  10. God damn it! Why can't I have a troll?
    As far as I'm concerned, you're not a successful blogger until you have at least one.
    My day will come. Oh yes, my day will come.

    Okay, is it a US thing to have an abundance of coupons? Because, really, if I could get my hands on them, I would use them. Faithfully. I'd even sign up on eleventy hundred internet sites to get them, if it didn't mean that I'd be getting Russian bride elongated penis spam.

  11. Sloppy Joes and tater tots are my dream supper! Lucky you!!! Good luck with the packing -- don't you wish we were all close by so we could pitch in and help you?

  12. I keep reading about these coupons you guys get over there and how much you can save.... how does this work? We don't have coupons, but even when things are on sale we couldn't save 50% on our grocery shopping.